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Comparison Of: 'death The Leveller' And 'tombs In Westminster Abbey'

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Paragraph 1: Main points and similarities and differences.For two poems of the same nature, (death and royalty), they have many differences, yet very few similarities. For example, 'Death the Leveller' and 'The Tombs in Westminster Abbey' have the same theme, language and tone. Nevertheless, the structure is very different and unique. To describe poems such as these, my personal opinion is morbid and sombre, yet this is only one of my similarities. Both poems have the same impact on me as the student. As I said before, the structure of each poem is unique in its own way, making the poems seem quite similar, but actually, they are very diverse.Paragraph 2: First poem.The first poem I will ...view middle of the document...

On the last lines of 'Death the Leveller' the tone would get softer to give the poem that feeling of 'death' it had been gathering from the start. Colons are used before the explanation of something, like on the last line of the last stanza; a colon is used to show a change in tone and structure.My last point about the structure and language parts of 'Death the Leveller' is the speakers/poets attitude towards the poem. The attitude is very patriotic. Run-on lines are used in this poem also to give urgency and strength to the argument. The poet seems to have this feeling that upper-class people with a high rank position will last longer and defend themselves from what awaits them, and this is what point the poet was trying to get across. Not only this, but the poet is seen to me as rhetorical, as if a point was needed to get across. "The glories of our blood and state", this shows the poets argument as a high-class opinion, and that his glorious blood will see him through it all and that death is no match for him and his wealth.Paragraph 3: Second poem The second poem I will be writing about is 'The Tombs in Westminster Abbey'. This poem like 'Death the Leveller' is also about death and some miner points about royalty. Yet, both being quite different, they do share a few things in common, for example, they both share the same tone. If describing the tone of 'The Tombs in Westminster Abbey', I would call it sombre and pessimistic, while, describing the tone of 'Death the Leveller', I would say, that sombre and pessimistic could be used as a comparison. It also has a hint of satirical, like a mocking kind of tone, but is rhetorical to the point it persuades a certain ironic humour. The structure of 'The Tombs in Westminster Abbey' is different than 'Death the Leveller' as 'The Tombs in Westminster Abbey' is in AA, BB, CC and in 'Death the Leveller' the structure is AB, AB, CC, AD. 'The Tombs in Westminster Abbey', unlike the other poem uses no stanzas and uses half rhyme. This poem related more about love and death than it did about royal values and cheating death. Yet, they are relatively...

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